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Cultural East India Tours

Duration: 13 Nights - 14 Days

Destinations Covered: Kolkata-Dibrugarh-Sibsagar-Phuktong Village-Jorhat-Island-Ziro-Wildlife park-Kolkata

Day 1 : Arrival

Visiting: Kolkata

Greeting upon arrival and transfer to hotel in Kolkata. Rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2 : Morning flight to Dibrugarh, Tea Tour

Visiting: Kolkata – Dibrugarh - Sibsagar

After the morning flight to Dibrugarh you will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel with tours en route.

Assam tea is considered the finest strong tea and majority of Indians drink this tea. We will not be allowed to enter the tea gardens due to security measures, but we will have ample opportunity to see the workers in action.

After lunch we proceed to sightseeing in Sibsagar. Sibsagar was the capital of the Ahom kingdom in the 18th century, when it was called Rangpur; several temples remain from that period. The town is now a tea-processing town. The most remarkable landscape of the town is the 200 year old Sibsagar tank, a large, rectangular resevoir.

On its banks are three temples - the Shivadol, the Vishnudol and the Devidol - all three built by Queen Madambika, wife of Siva Singha, in the year 1734. The Shivadol is believed to be the highest Siva Temple in India, having a height of 104 feet and a perimeter of 195 feet.

Day 3 : Phuktong Village

Visiting: Dibrugar - Mon

In the early morning start your drive to Mon for 5-6 hours. After going through checking formalities at the border of Nagaland, we enter the state.

Visit a first village at Phuktong. It has two great Morungs (men’s dormitories). Also visit the Angh’s (chief’s) residence.

Day 4 : Village Tours/ Konyak Tribes

Visiting: Mon

You'll have two full days to explore the colorful tribal area of Konyak tribes who have been head hunters in the recent past.

Visit Shangnyu village which is ruled by the Chief Angh and is a prominent village in the Mon district. There is a wonderful wooden monument measuring 8 feet in height and 12 feet in breadth - believed to have been constructed by heavenly angels. Human beings and other creatures are carved on this monument. Memorial stones are also found in front of the Angh’s Palace. History records that good and friendly relationship existed between the Shangnyu and the Ahom Kings of Assam. Shangnyu Angh used to collect taxes from all the villages under his domain, extending from Sibsagar in Assam to the Wanchos in Arunachal.

Also visit Sangha to see head hunting trophies and houses constructed in the true Konyak tradition with palm-leaf roofing and the main pillars jutting out.

We will also organize a cultural evening in the village.

Day 5 : Village Tour

Visiting: Mon

Continue touring the area's remote local villages with your English-speaking tour leader.

Day 6 : Visit of Jorhat

Visiting: Mon – Jorhat

Morning drive to Jorhat. In the afternoon, join your guide for an eye-opening walk around the colorful bazaars of this compelling town.

Day 7 : Majuli Islands

Visiting: Jorhat - Majuli

Morning transfer to the pier to connect with our boat to Majuli. We will ride the boat for about 2 hours to arrive at this unique island.

On arrival, explore the Majuli islands. The worlds largest river island is famous for its twenty-two 15th Century "satras". These are Hindu vaishnev (followers of Lord Vishnu) monasteries functioning as centers of Assamese arts. The worship of Lord Vishnu is through dance, music and poetry. The satras take in young boys and groom them. The daily routine includes working in the fields, tending cattle, prayer, discussion and study. The satras have also nurtured certain arts and craft traditions, which can now be found only here. In Natun Samugri satra for instance, one can still find the craft of mask-making; Kamlabari satra still makes the finest boats.

We will also explore the villages of Miri tribes who live on this island.

For added adventure and activity, we can include cycling on Majuli island. Instead of doing the sightseeing by jeeps, we will do the sightseeing by local cycles.

Day 8 : Travel to Ziro

Visiting: Majuli - Ziro

Morning drive to Ziro with en route crossing of two small rivers by boat. The mountain road cuts through densely forested hills and slowly keeps gaining altitude till we reach the Apatani plateau at 6000 feet.

Day 9 : Discovery of Hong and other Apatani Villages

Visiting: Ziro

Using Ziro as a base, the entire day is spent visiting the Hong and other Apatani Villages. Everywhere we go we are warmly welcomed. As E.T. Dalton noted in 1845, “The men do not rejoice in much drapery, they wear a girdle of canework painted red which hangs behind in long bushy tail.” Just as the tail is the distinctive part of the male dress, so is the nose plug peculiar to the Apatani women. It is the ambition of each woman to wear the largest possible nose plugs, which are made of wood. Both sexes extensively tattoo their faces.

Each sect has distinctive features. Their hats, clothes, ornaments, language and even physical features are totally different.

Day 10 : Nameri Wildlife Park

Visiting: Ziro – Nameri Wildlife Park

Early morning drive to Nameri. Take an evening walk to see the bird life in this scenic wildlife area. Or if interested, do some game angling (catch and release) for Masheer fish. (Additional permits required.)

Day 11 : Nameri & Kaziranga Wildlife Parks

Visiting: Nameri Wildlife Park – Kaziranga Wildlife Park

Morning bird walk around Nameri. Later drive to Kaziranga National Park (two hours travel time).

Enjoy an afternoon jeep safari in the Kaziranga national park. The park, sprawling over 430 square kilometers in the eastern state of Assam, is one of the last bastions of the endangered great Indian one-horned rhinoceros, whose population was believed to have dropped to just 12 in the 1950s but has since increased to around 1500. Kaziranga’s stunningly beautiful landscape comprises savannah grassland, the green and fertile plains of the Brahmaputra River, as well as evergreen, moist deciduous and swamp forests, and is also a haven for over 300 species of birds, as well as wild elephants, Asiatic wild buffalo, tigers, leopards, sloth bears and many deer species.

The park is open from November 1st to June 30th.

Day 12 : Kaziranga Wildlife Park

Visiting: Kaziranga Wildlife Park

Early morning elephant ride to spot wildlife. This is perhaps one of the most exciting ways to see wildlife as our elephants bring us very close to the big games of this park.

You'll also enjoy morning and evening jeep safaris in the park to see more wildlife.

Day 13 : Return to Kolkata

Visiting: Kaziranga Wildlife Park - Guwahati – Kolkata

Morning drive to Guwahati and fly to Kolkata.

Transfer to your hotel upon arrival in Kolkata. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 14 : Departure

Visiting: Kolkata

Transfer to the airport for your departing flight

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